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December events 2012

O Bang Saek

There’s no let-up in the season of Advent.


  • O Bang Saek is the must-see exhibition at the KCC, but it ends on Tuesday 4 December. Hurry.
  • Also essential for this month are some short films by London Korean artists. See under Film below.
  • Phobia finishes at Hanmi Gallery on 5 December. They have another show, To Remain: It’s just a matter of time, starting on 12 December
  • Choi and Lager’s exhibition at Neo Bankside – spectacular venue – is still installed, but coming down soon. I’m paying it another visit on 3 December as they’ve added more artists since it first opened. You need to pre-book.
  • Lee Jinhan has a solo show at Hada Contemporary (I Eat, I vomit) starting 6 December
  • The KCC has its annual group show of Korean student artists, Now X Here, starting 12 December.


  • Christmas in August screens at the Roxy on 3 December. A classic.
  • Art film screening #1: The Shade of Prosperity at Rivington Place (5 artists)
  • Art film screening #2: One Fine Day in Camden on 8 December, with Q&A.
  • Im Soon-rye is the final director of the month at the KCC: Waikiki Brothers, Forever the Moment, Fly Penguin and Rolling Home with a Bull, on successive Thursdays.



  • The KCC is holding a seasonal K-pop evening on 8 December
  • There’s the little matter of BIGBANG playing Wembley Arena on 14 / 15 December


  • The SOAS free seminar this month is Jerome De Wit (7 December: Motivations for Writing during the Korean War)

Members of the Korean Language Meetup group and the Kpop team will not need reminding when their meetups are.

Also don’t forget to pay a visit to the Duke of Cumberland in Cavendish Square to see it gradually wash away. And remember the Call for Papers for the SOAS 2013 K-film conference.

6 thoughts on “December events 2012

  1. The World Literature Conference at SOAS (Dec 12-14, 2012, Venue T101 and T102) is apparently open to the public.

    Here are the details on the Korean panel:

    Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
    16:30-18:30 Between Cultural Specificity and ‘Universal’ Considerations –
    Canonicity and World Literature in the Korean Context
    Chair: Grace Koh, SOAS, University of London

    ‘The World of Circulation: Considering “Universality” and Literary
    Value in the Kuunmong’
    Sangjin Park, Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS)

    ‘Translating Genre: Debates Surrounding the “Novel” versus “Sosŏl”
    (小說) in Korean Literary Studies’
    Kang Sangsoon, RIKS, Korea University

    ‘Through Western Eyes: North American Missionaries’ Readings of
    Korean Literature in the Early 20th Century’
    Kim Seung-u, RIKS, Korea University

    ‘New World Literature Beyond National and International Boundaries:
    Tasks and Masks of the Korean Publication Market for World
    Lee Seok-ho, RIKS, Korea University

  2. Thanks for the info! I just sent them an email to try to register for the Korean session.

    Good news is, that’s the day of the team Christmas lunch, so I’ll be able to get there. Bad news is, I’ll have to watch what I drink at the team Christmas lunch or the conference won’t make much sense!

  3. You can apparently just go, without registering. Wen-chin Ouyang, one of the organisers, told me this. I’ll try to attend as well (since I’ll be at UCL earlier in the afternoon, I should be able to make it).

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